How to create a passive solar house and how to electrify your home and car

How to create a passive solar house and how to electrify your home and car

JUNE 26 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Join the highly experienced, skilled and passionate Passive Solar architect Matthew Turner at ORTO Farm! Passive Solar design principles are really important because they allow you to create a home that gives back. Many homes…

How to create a passive house

How to create a passive house

This article was first published by Pip Magazine By understanding the principles that underpin passive heating design the building you create or retrofit will allow you to thrive, not just in the first few years but indefinitely. The most important…

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

There is so much work being done. My motivation levels continue to be high. My energy levels rise and then fall. This is a brilliant time of the year, summer is so bountiful I want to make the most of…

kitchen garden

kitchen garden

Ralf and I, Artemisia and Ahlia. September this year we completed two years in our new home. We are trying to balance family life with building, landscaping, tree planting, and establishing a new garden. However, I think I could do…

Now

Now

These past few months we have been preserving, landscaping, installing subsurface irrigation, watering, and relocating our salvaged wood. I have been building relationships with nearby trees. Locating them, wishing them thanks as I harvest their fruit. In fact, I could…

For Now

For Now

Our move to Daylesford was made in September last year. We nestled into our guest house accommodation and decorated its floors with boxes upon boxes full of our belongings. The shed too was filled with fridge and couch and bedding…

for kirti

for kirti

For Kirti who has been kind, for kirti who has jet black hair, for kirti who sings melodiously, for kirti who writes to me. For kirti who is mother, for kirti who bakes, for kirti who teaches songs and tunes and…

Blue Paint

Blue Paint

Blue for Artemisia, Green for Ahlia and Yellow for Ralf and I. Our bedrooms have colour. The loft floor is getting brighter in every way. I was worried that the bedrooms would look too dark at one stage. Before the render…

render and skylights

render and skylights

Skylights are in and what a glorious view they offer us. Into the village piazza we can clearly see, the barn, the farm guests and a garden soon to be. A tall window frames our only tree and provides a…

In Daylesford we are...

In Daylesford we are…

With long service leave in place Ralf has more time for building. We are hoping that before winter sets in, the walls will be rendered with a final coat. So far we are able to enjoy our small disasters by…